Space Commission

Within the National Air and Space Academy (ANAE) approved at the private meeting of 28 November in Toulouse.

The ANAE comprises incumbent members, correspondents, foreign space specialists who perform or have carried out most of their activity in research, industry, aeronautical or space research institutions, Defence, usually at very high level of responsibility. They are researchers, engineers, officers, doctors, cosmonauts, journalists.

Ces membres sont représentés dans les différentes sections de l’Académie. This is a reservoir of skills and experience, allowing the academy to address reflections on space with the necessary hindsight.

It is also noteworthy that aeronautics and space, close by their industrial aspects, also become close by applications, in navigation and air control, in medicine, at the level of the study of the atmospheric environment, in the field Military.

A temporary “space” committee is set up within the National Air and Space Academy in accordance with article 6 of the Statute of the Academy and rule 9 of the rules of Procedure.

This Commission is responsible for providing an in-depth reflection on the political, strategic, scientific, technological and economic aspects of space activity in France and Europe, and to develop appropriate recommendations which will be Submitted to the Office and then to the General Assembly of the Academy.

It will address issues such as:

  • The contributions of space in the progress of the knowledge and the humanistic management of the planet, with civil space applications such as telecommunications, navigation and geodesy, observation of the earth and the environment, keeping In mind their research dimension alongside their economic dimension
  • The exploration of the solar system and in particular the exploration of the planet Mars, the sciences of the universe including fundamental physics
  • Applications of specific space technology to meet the needs of the defence
  • Guaranteed access to space with the launch policy and cooperation with other countries;
  • The future of human presence in space, its stakes and prospects (beyond the International Space Station) based on Europe’s commitment to inhabited space exploration.

It will also examine the impact of space activities as perceived by the general public and develop the recommendations that it deems relevant to the subject. A special cooperation can be established with the Cité de l’espace.

The “Espace” Commission is under the responsibility of section 2, but will include at least one representative from each of the other sections. Each section is therefore invited to designate its representative(s) in this committee.

The President of the Commission will ensure that foreign associate members who wish to contribute to these reflections are invited to participate in this work and may invite French and European personalities not members of the ANAE to participate.

In accordance with article 7 of the Statutes, legal persons shall be kept informed of the activities of the Commission and may be consulted, or even associated, with the work of the Committee.

According to the topics of reflection, a joint work can be undertaken with other academies as has been done in the past with the Academy of Sciences on the atmospheric environment, or with the Naval Academy and the Bureau of longitudes for navigation by satellites.

The space Commission will draw up a provisional timetable for its work, giving priority to issues of access to space and the definition of a coherent European policy in space science and applications. It will report regularly to the Bureau at the General meeting on the progress of its activities. If the need arises, the Bureau and the General Assembly will give it more precise guidance on the priorities to be adopted in the conduct of its reflections.

The “Espace” commission was initially created for two years. The possible extension of its mandate, if deemed necessary, will be considered by the Bureau and decided in the General Assembly at the beginning of the year 2006.

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